2012 'Summer Spirit Festival' Lineup Announced

4/6/2012, 5:34 p.m.

Erykah Badu Among Performers for Event at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland

The metropolitan D.C., Maryland and Virginia region welcomes back what has become one of the premiere music and arts festival events in the country.

Slated to perform during the highly-anticipated event which takes place Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., are Erykah Badu, Common, Chuck Brown, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Estelle and Eric Roberson.

Since its creation in 2005, the Summer Spirit Festival, which has garnered nationwide popularity, has always featured diverse musical styles that include R&B, alternative R&B, hip hop, Go Go, Soul, Neo Soul; comedy performances; and arts/vendors/crafts.

Past Festivals have featured everyone from Oscar Award winning actress/comedian Mo'Nique; to Grammy award winning singers, Jill Scott and Badu; to up and coming talents such as Estelle, Janelle Monae, Chrisette Michele and B.o.B.; to DC area born and bred artists like Go Go King Chuck Brown.

With an emphasis also on community involvement, the Festival has been acclaimed as an unmistakable one-of-a-kind cultural experience.

Gates and marketplace will open to the public at 3 p. m., Aug. 4. Main stage performances begin 4:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $44 to $125 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, April 20.Tickets are available at the Merriweather Post Box Office, the 9:30 Club Box Office and online at TICKETFLY.com, merriweathermusic.com and 9:30.com.

For more information on the 2012 Summer Spirit Festival, log onto www.cdepresents.com. The 2012 Summer Spirit Festival can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CD-Enterprises-Inc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CDEPresents (@CDEPresents).